By Tanya Wilson
Visiting my parents is always a treat. Both are really funny people as I spend time with them in their later life. Each one is amazingly talented even at this age and stage of their journey.
My mother is quite the “Energizer bunny” and keeps going and going even when there is no place for her to go. My father on the other hand has settled into a routine that includes MSNBC, with an occasional CNN thrown in for good measure. I must say, all he really needs is a microphone and a platform and he would be a great co-host for a political talk show.
During the visit, dad shared with me a video of an interview he participated in for a local talk show. I was reminded of the man that fought so hard for the community we lived in. I was also reminded of the disappointments that caused his retreat.
So often in life, if we are not careful we can get off track and distracted away from our true destiny. Events can happen, and we allow ourselves to focus more on those things than the things we know are our truths.
Each one of us has a purpose for which we were born, and only we can do it. I used to wonder what my purpose was early in my life, until I finally realized that it was that burning desire that never left me no matter what the situation.
Enemy forces never want us to reach our purpose easily. It seems that the closer we get to our true purpose, or the more work we do within our purpose, the more road blocks and challenges we seem to face; or as a friend would say to me “I’m being tested.”
Take a look at what 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 has to say on this subject. “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we are imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.”
My father is not the only person that has allowed disappointment and conflict to park him in his easy chair; there are so many procrastinating dreamers amongst us.
Greatness lives in each one of us and sometimes we have to fight along the way. The road will be bumpy at times but remember; only you can fulfill your purpose no matter how big or how small, the world misses out if you don’t move.
In the words of TD Jakes, “procrastination never gets it done, fixing to do, don’t get done.” Now that’s a word!
Tanya is an inspirational speaker and writer living in Charlotte. You can friend her on Facebook or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Read more columns by Tanya Wilson.